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Bapa urges Biman to withdraw case
Bangladesh Airlines Pilot Association (Bapa) has called upon the management of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to withdraw the case against seven pilots as per directives by a tribunal.
Bapa made the clarion call in a letter to the Biman authorities, two days after an arbitration tribunal in a verdict declared “illegal” the decision taken by the Biman board to extend retirement-age limit of six pilots.
The tribunal also pronounced “illegal” the action (the case) against the agitated pilots and gave a directive, citing that it should be withdrawn.
The court ruling came when the accused appealed to the high court, challenging the board decision. The HC later formed the arbitration tribunal to settle the issue.
On 9 September 2010, the Biman authorities had decided to increase retirement-age limit of six pilots — Captain Sheikh Naser Uddin Ahmed, Captain Ali Ashraf Khan, Captain Mozammel Hosaain, Captain Sohidur Rahman, Captain Selim and first officer Abdur Rahim — from 57 to 62.
To protest the decision, some pilots staged sit-ins and demonstrations. Later, Biman’s board of directors filed the case in October 2010, accusing seven of the protesters.
In the latest development, the Biman management at a board meeting decided to terminate the six pilots, including acting managing director Captain Seikh Naser Uddin Ahmed, hours after the court verdict.
They also appointed director (Purchase and Resources) AM Mosaddek Ahmed acting MD and CEO of Biman.
When contacted for comments, Bapa president Captain SM Helal told daily sun that his association hailed the verdict. “We urged the Biman authorities today to withdraw the case.”
The accused pilots are Captain SM Helal, Captain Mahatub, Captain Zakir, Captain Mahabub, Captain Sahalam, Captain Istiak Hossain and Captain Maksud.
“Biman will get all cooperation from pilots to make the national flag-carrier a profitable organisation,” he said.
However, the Biman board has decided to appeal in the apex court against the court verdict, a source said.
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